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Last Updated on March 5, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2013 Palarong Pambansa Athletics

 Palarong Pambansa 2013 Dumaguete

Cotabato’s Romnick Nor (369) in action in the Men’s 100m Heats

Cotabato’s Romnick Nor, the 2011 Palarong Pambansa Champion, had the fastest time (allegedly 10.6 hit in the semifinals). Nor, who previously represented ARMM, is looking at making a solid claim on the Palaro Record in the final where he will be up against 16-year-old Jomar Udtohan of NCR, the NCAA Record Holder (10.7ht / 10.99et PB).

Meanwhile, after finishing silver in this event three years in a row, NMRAA’s Eloiza Luzon was by far the fastest qualifier to the finals in 12.2 seconds. Luzon, who finished behind Michelle Loterte, Jenny Rosales, and then Mau Schrijvers, now looks at finally capturing the title of being the country’s fastest girl in high school.

16-year-old Mary Anthony Diesto of Western Visayas won the Girl’s Triple Jump with a big personal best of 11.61m.

Palaro Results – Four Athletes overtake Palaro Record in Boys Javelin, athletes make the standard for ASEAN Youth (Apr 23)

A. Athlete’s Performances qualify for ASEAN Youth

Mary Anthony Diesto of WV (97) winning performance of 11.61m strengthened her qualification for the ASEAN Youth along with Her previous best was 11.39m. Second placer Jessa Mayor also surpassed the qualification marks with 11.31m and 5.30m to win the long jump to nab the second slot in the event.

Joining Diesto in the list of qualifiers was Eloiza Luzon whose time of 12.2 secured her a spot in the youth relay and Romnick Nor in the 100m (10.6 semis).

Please visit here to see an updated list of qualifiers

a. Boys

Shotput: Renzy Gemalaga (WV) 13.65m, Bryan Pachecho (CL) 13.37m, Gary Santiago (97) (NCR) 13.36m, Cris Haluber (CL) 13.06m

Javelin: Pachecho (CL) 57.81m (New Palaro Record), Joshua Patulud (NCR) 56.75m, Renzy Gemolga (WV) 55.10m, Aluhon Omosura (DAV) 52.13m (using 700-gram javelin, the old record is 51.51m Danilo Abra with 700 grams 2012)



Long Jump: Jessa Mayor 5.30m, Kimberly Alforque (NMRAA) 5.29m, Diesto 5.15m

Triple Jump: Mary Anthony Diesto (97) (WV) 11.61m, Jessa Mayor (CAV) 11.31m, Judy

Mae Almasa (NMRAA) 11.24m

Javelin: Jorremay Rubias (WV) 39.59m (, Rizalyn Apos (CARAGA) 37.89m, Jovelyn

Notario (CAV) 36.05m.


Palaro – Luzon finally wins the Gold, Avila overcomes heartbreak and De Josef breaks 800 records. (25 Apr)

The Palarong Pambansa continued in Dumaguete with some very remarkable stories. A girl who never won an individual medal at the Palaro, a girl who spent three years in a row as the runner-up in the 100m, and a first-year high school student who broke the Palaro Record.


Avila overcomes heartbreak to become a champion

The True Story of the games was NCR Marilyn Avila who after falling in the 100m Hurdles heats, came back to win the Girls 400m Hurdles in 1:04.3. At the expense of defending champion Jealyn Lancita of WV who finished third despite improving her best time from 1:05.6 to 1:05.4.


The Bridesmaid finally wins the title

Eloisa Luzon in orange wins the Palaro 100m, she added the 100m title at the Uni Games for UST.

After three years in a row as the bridesmaid, Eloiza Luzon of Northern Mindanao finally claimed the Palaro title in the 100m Dash. Luzon who had finished second behind Michelle Loterte, Jenny Rosales, and then Maureen Emily Schrijvers qualified by far the fastest in the semi-finals with a personal best of 12.2.

In the final, she secured a heroic victory into a big headwind in 12.6 seconds, ahead of her teammate Glaiza Salcedo. Salcedo who has recently come back to Track and Field after a short stint at Basketball was second in 12.8 seconds.

Luzon will attempt to recapture the 200m title she won in 2010 as a first-year high school student and secure the sprint double. Luzon’s performance ensured her selection into the ASEAN Youth Team for Vietnam meets June 4-7.


14-Year-old De Josef’s Impressive

14-year-old Angelica De Josef was impressive with a win in the girl’s 800m with a time of 2:17.2 breaking the Palaro Record of 2:18.4. De Josef who is in her first year of High school at the Palaro represented the Western Visayas team.


Lirazan stops the Nor Express

Local favorite Christopher Lirazan had an upset win in the Boys 100m the times in the final were marred by a strong headwind with Lirazan emerging victorious in 11.1s.

This was at the expense of 2011 Champion and PNG Junior Champion Romnick Nor who finished second in 11.3s, NCAA Boys Record Holder Jomar Utdohan was third for NCR in 11.3s also. Utdohan and Nor who have run 10.7 and 10.6 were not able to cope with the strong wind as well as Lirazan who has the best time of 10.9.

Lirazan also made it a sprint double winning the 400m in 49.7 beating 16-year-old Jaime Mejia 50.1 of NCR. Mejia won the 110 Hurdles in 14.9 and the 400 Hurdles in 55.3.

Lirazan with Romnick Nor.


The Need for Electronic Timing after protest filed in Mens 100m at Palaro

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Article by Andrew Pirie

ATFS Statistician

with contributions from National 100 and 200m Record Holder Ralph Waldy

Before I continue I would like to refer to a previous article I wrote which differentiates Hand timing and Electronic Timing.


I would like to see a clearer video. Ironically the stupid news writing blocks the view of the last frame of the crossing the line hence ruining the quality of the news video. I can tell due to the closeness of 1 and 2 there is no way that is a .2 difference between 11.1 and 11.3 .2 is around one or two strides.

To be honest the times in the final of the Palaro were a lot slower than the semifinals. Several coaches hand-timed the top two athletes at around 10.8 and 10.9. This begs into question the accuracy of the hand timing of the officials at the Palaro and whether we can count these performances as certifiable by the IAAF.

Not trying to take anything away from the accomplishments of the athletes as winning a Palaro title (National High school) is still a big achievement for a young athlete. However, there may have been cases where an athlete is robbed of a place or an accurate time. I’m not saying that this is an example of this as I need to see a clearer video than the one provided.

I can’t make an accurate decision on if Nor won without seeing a better video. But what I do know is a lot of countries use electronic timing at HS and even at weekly meets. It’s much fairer for the athletes if they have a photo finish in place.


We need to introduce Electronic timing and Photo Finish to the Palaro and other meets.

That is why hand timing should never be acknowledged. I mean, we are in the year 2013 already. Everything is in the technology age – why is it that a national HS competition still uses hand timing instead of electronic timing? Budget issues? Very shallow answer. Someone who’s in authority should lobby that to PSC and PATAFA should strongly push for this too.

DEPED is in charge of the palaro, not PATAFA or PSC anymore. Deped undoubtedly has the funds to hire an electronic system. I looked into the cost of electronics purchasing the equipment is at least 60,000 USD. DEPED does have the budget to allocate toward hiring electronics. They just do not understand the importance of it as they are not as well informed as the PSC or PATAFA on sports.

The electronic Timing system is cheaper than that. I have a quotation from the finish line coz were supposed to purchase it to support PATAFA events. If PATAFA can commit to us to convince other meets to use the system for at least 20 meets in a year then we can probably reconsider that previous plan. This should be a partnership with the PATAFA project.


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By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here http://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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